"Huckleberry Finn" is first published, the first Nobel Prizes are awarded, the first transcontinental flight ends, Playboy debuts, and "Avatar" premieres in theaters, all on this day.
2001: "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," the first in a three-part film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy trilogy, premieres in London. The movie would be nominated for 13 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director for Peter Jackson and Best Supporting Actor for Ian McKellen, but would win only four, Best Original Score, Best Makeup, Best Visual Effects and Best Cinematography. It also proved to be a box office success, making more than $870 million worldwide.
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